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Chag Simchat Torah Sameach from the IMPJ!
20 October 2019
21 Tishrei 5780
Moadim l’Simcha – I hope that you all are enjoying a festive Sukkot! All throughout Israel, our 52 IMPJ congregations and regional initiatives have been engaging in Sukkot services and activities, such as group meals in the sukkah and nights of learning. 65 of the IMPJ’s congregations and regional initiatives held Yom Kippur services in their areas. Meaningful services of Kol Nidrei and Neilah were attended by thousands of Israeli Reform Jews from throughout all parts of the country. Additionally, we hosted our Young Adult (Tlamim) retreat at Neve Shalom for the 5th time, in which over 200 of our Young Adult Leaders participated. During those two days, we prayed together, learned, talked and created a true sense of community.
This evening, we will begin Simchat Torah. Many of our congregations will be hosting egalitarian hakafot shniot in public places. Hosting public hakafot shniot is important for several reasons. We are bringing the faces of Reform Judaism into the public sphere, in many cases introducing to people and engaging them with an open, accepting stream of Judaism. This enhances the visibility and growth of the Reform Movemment in Israel, leading in turn to expansion and exposure to more and more Israelis. We will bring the joy of Simchat Torah to all who wish to share in it with us. Additionally, Orthodox celebrations of the holiday are typically gender-segregated – we will be providing many women, young and old alike, their first chance to truly participate in the festivities of the holiday.
The IMPJ kehillot that will be hosting public hakafot shniot include the following:
North: Kehillat Emet V’Shalom, Nahariya; Kehillat Yedid Nefesh, Carmiel; Kehillat “B’Rosh Pluralisti”, Rosh Pina; Kehillat Ohel Avraham/Leo Baeck Education Center, Haifa; Kehillat Ma’alot Tivon, Kiryat Tivon; Kehillat Sulam Ya’akov, Zichron Ya’akov; Kehillat Or Hadash, Haifa; Kehillat Shirat HaYam Karmel, Haifa
Center/HaSharon: Kehillat Ra’anan, Ra’anana; Kehillat Bavat Ayin, Rosh Ha’Ayin; Kehillat Shoham; Kehillat Achvat Yisrael, Rishon L’Tzion; Kehillat Birkat Shalom, Kibbutz Gezer; Kehillat Tefillat Ha’Adam, Caesarea; Kehillat Darchei Noam, Ramat HaSharon; Kehillat Brit Olam, Kiryat Ono
Tel-Aviv: Beit Daniel, Tel-Aviv; Kehillat Tefillat HaYam, Bat Yam; Kehillat Shirat HaGan, Ramat Gan
Jerusalem (and surrounding area): Kehillat Yozma, Modi’in; Kehillat Kamatz, Mevaseret Zion; Kehillat Har-El, Jerusalem; Kehillat Shir Hadash, Tzur Hadassah; Kehillat HaDror, Jerusalem; Kehillat Kol HaNeshma, Jerusalem; Kehillat Merchav Yerushalayim, Jerusalem
South: Kibbutz Lotan
Click Here for more information on specific kehillot (in Hebrew).
While rejoicing in the new year that has been brought upon us and with it, the conclusion of the reading of 54 Torah portions, we do not forget about the dangers around us. We must not forget that just days ago there was a horrific shooting attack outside of a synagogue in Halle, Germany. This Simchat Torah, the tying together of the Hakafot and singing with the “El Maleh Rachamim” memorial prayer, which we will recite tomorrow morning, has an added special meaning. As we dance, we will sing: “and the main thing to recall, is to have no fear at all” and “Am Yisrael Hai”; but also “He who makes peace in heaven, He shall bring peace upon us…” and “Od Yavoh Shalom Alyenu” – “may peace soon be upon us.”
To all of those blessings: amen.
As we continue in full force through 5780, we look forward to our goals: the continued development and strengthening of new Reform congregations, such as the ones in Kiryat Shmona and Givatayim; the powerful and impactful work being done on the ground by Keren b’Kavod, the Reform Center for Community-Based Social Activism; the continued development of meaningful Israel-Diaspora partnerships through the “Domim” project, and so much more.
On Simchat Torah, it is traditional to recite the first prayer for rain, in light of the changes of seasons and the hope for showers that are soon to come. As part of this prayer, we read the words from the Book of Ezekiel: “and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing… and they shall be safe in their land” (Ezekiel 34; 26). We pray that this year we will truly be granted showers of blessing and that peace be upon us and upon all who dwell on earth.
I wish you all a festive and meaningful Simchat Torah!
Rabbi Gilad Kariv
IMPJ President and CEO
Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
13 King David Street,
RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.
Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to firstname.lastname@example.org
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.
|Hebrew Date of Passing||Deceased Relationship to
|Heidi Jan Berger||26 Tamuz, 5779||Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger|
|Blanche Stoll Gulko||9 Tamuz, 5779||Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko|
|Bill Hinton||4 Nisan, 5779||Husband of Susan Hinton|
|Roger Reichert||11 Adar I, 5779||Son of Arlyne Reichert|
|Alfred Maleson||6 Tishrei, 5770||Uncle of Wendy Weissman|
|Frances Langsam||9 Tishrei, 5757||Mother of Helen Cherry|
|Paralee Poplack Shapiro||10 Tishrei, 5760||Mother of Jeff Shapiro|
|Ann Cohn||11 Tishrei, 5748||Mother of Arlyne Reichert|
|Irving Fineman||14 Tishrei, 5742||Father of Robert Fineman|
|Pauline Nagel||17 Tishrei, 5761||Mother of Meriam Nagel|
|Roberto Naduris||20 Tishrei, 5756||Husband of Susan Weissman|
|Rose Gran||20 Tishrei, 5775|
|William Semple||21 Tishrei, 5771||Father of Doug Semple|
|Leila Rapaport Green||23 Tishrei, 5728||Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman|
|Robert Klotzman||23 Tishrei, 5756|
|Hattye Oppenhemer Meyer||24 Tishrei, 5729||Grandmother of Diane Sherick|
|Alex Barrett||29 Tishrei, 5751||Father of Nadyne Weissman|
|height=”14″>Carl Kotler||30 Tishrei, 5754|
A MAJCo meeting has been planned for Sunday morning, October 20, during the upcoming Missoula Shabbaton.
It will begin sharply at 8:30 AM and last approximately 1 to 2 hours.
For those unable to attend in person but wishing to participate, they may join in online: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/bchessin4
or by calling: (605) 313-6069
Access code: 857836
meeting ID: bchessin4
1. Introduction. Bert and Brian take a few minutes to bring people up to date on MAJCo. (5 min)
2. Congregational and Montana Jewish organizations (MAOR, Hadassah, other) summaries. (30 min)
3. CHANUKAH Menorah lighting plans. (5 min)
4. Financial summary (5 min)
5. Ideas on what communities and individuals want from MAJCo. BY-LAWS, annual gatherings, elections, dealing with political/social/security issues that directly affect congregations, minorities, etc. (30 min)
6. Other issues and announcements (10 min)
Submitted by Brian Schnitzer
Is anyone planning to attend the Holocaust program at the Civic Center on Tuesday night? Perhaps it would be prudent for members of the Jewish community to get together afterwards to discuss the pros and cons of the program over dessert and coffee. Please offer a suggestion for an appropriate venue.
Also, if anyone is planning to attend the Eva Schloss presentation on Sunday, November 3, it might be worthwhile convoying to Bozeman for safety’s sake, depending on the weather and the roads.
It’s that time of year again… time to get excited for another incredible Shabbat Project experience! This November 15-16 2019, Shabbat Parshat Vayeira, Jews from all walks of life will come together to keep one Shabbat, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.
Join The Shabbat Project’s global movement to renew family and community life, restore Jewish identity and unite Jews worldwide.
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Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear the inspiring story of a living Holocaust survivor Oct. 15 at the Mansfield Theater, brought to Great Falls by a grant from the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.
Holocaust Survivor Peter Metzelaar
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Mansfield Theater Great Falls, MT
Peter Metzelaar was 7 years old when the Nazis stormed his family’s home in Amsterdam and seized everyone except him and his mother. The Dutch Underground contacted Klaus and Roefina Post on the Metzelaars’ behalf, seeking a place of refuge. The Posts risked their lives to shelter Peter and his mother on their small farm in northern Holland, where they remained in hiding for more than two years before having to move to a new secure location. Peter will share his inspiring story of hiding from and surviving the Nazi regime.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
in the Historic Mansfield Theater
General Admission – only $5 per person
Ticket required for each person, any age
This presentation is being sponsored by the following:
With snow again in the forecast for Wednesday, some of you may be unable to travel to Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula or points beyond for the next round of High Holidays. Not to worry! With the gift of online services available to us, you truly never have to feel alone on the yom tovim any more.
Feedback from several people who did partake of online services for Rosh HaShanah was extremely positive.
Below are links to synagogue services. All have been viewed/used by at least some of our members and come highly recommended:
East Coast (Eastern Daylight Time)
92nd Street Y, Manhattan (Nondenominational)
The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan is one of the United States’ oldest Jewish community centers. Services are led by Rabbi Elka Abrahamson and cantorial soloist Elana Arian.
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (Reform)
The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue describes itself as a “welcoming, inclusive community dedicated to lifelong learning, to supporting each other and to caring for the world.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives many previous ones.
Central Synagogue, New York City (Reform)
This 2,600-member congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The synagogue streams its High Holidays services free on its website and on its Facebook page.
Lab/Shul, midgown Manhattan (Nondenominational)
An “everybody friendly, artist-driven, God-optional, pop-up Jewish community,” Lab/Shul holiday services are led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie and an ensemble of musicians and ritual leaders. Lab/Shul will be live streaming services from a theater in midtown Manhattan.
OurJewishCommunity.org is an online synagogue that will stream services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Jewish Community a home for Liberal Jews online. Join us for Live Streaming Shabbat and Holiday Services, Jewish Podcasts, Blogs, fun for kids and more!
Park Avenue Synagogue, Manhattan (Conservative)
This 1,650-family Manhattan congregation’s vision includes practicing “a Judaism filled with love, literacy, reverence, compassion, and joy” and striving “to make our ancient tradition compelling and welcoming to contemporary Jewry and to serve as a light unto our fellow Jews and the nations.” Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.
Temple Beth EL, Boca Raton, FL (Reform)
This Miami congregation is one of the largest synagogues in South Florida. It also streams Shabbat services, and archives all services back to August 2016. Led by Rabbi Jeremy Barras.
Temple Emanu-El, New York City’s first Reform synagogue (Reform)
Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson.
Temple Sholom, Cincinnati (Reform)
This Cincinnati synagogue says it welcomes “all people: seekers, interfaith families, and those in search of a spiritual home.”
Midwest (Central Daylight Time)
Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee (Reform)
Located in Milwaukee’s North Shore area, Congregation Sinai describes itself as “intimate, vibrant and inclusive.” All High Holy Day services are streamed on the synagogue’s YouTube channel. Led by Rabbi David B. Cohen and Cantor Richard Newman.
North Shore Congregation Israel, Glenco, IL, a suburb of Chicago
Isn’t this where Rabbi Wendi Geffen is?
West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)
Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR (Reform)
Founded in 1858, Beth Israel has a long history in Portland, Oregon. The congregation regularly streams its services and is led by Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana.
Temple Beth Israel, San diego, Reform
We’re pleased to welcome you to Beth Israel, through our live streamed services.
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (Reform)
Temple Emanuel describes itself as “one of Southern California’s premier Reform Jewish congregations and synagogues.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives past ones. Find a schedule of services here. Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Aaron.
Congregation Shir Chadash, Los Gados, CA (Reform)
Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Chadash describes itself as “an evolving, vibrant, growing Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and developing a strong Jewish identity.” It is led by Rabbi Melanie Aron and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy.
Wishing you all a meaningful Yom Kippur service and worship.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a partial list, in no particular order, of some of the student rabbis, a couple of ordained rabbis, and a cantor who have led services for our community, and where they are and what they are doing now. This list will be updated as I get more information. I hope you find it interesting.
Elliott Magalnick, Cantor
On May 16, 2016, Elliott went into the hospital because he had been experiencing eye problems, and what his doctor thought was a blood clot was actually something called a carotid cavernous fistula – basically an abnormal arterial growth. During surgery, there were complications, which resulted in a series of problems he is experiencing now, including a lack of ability to speak and the need for intubation. Later it was determined that he had had a significant stroke, and he cannot do much with his right side. He eventually began physical therapy. He moved into an assisted living facility in June, 2017. He has a journal posted on the Caring Bridge web site, http://www.caringbridge.org, from which the following posts are taken.
Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Sep 25, 2016
I’ve spent the weekend with my dad and it’s been really nice to see the progress he’s made since I came to visit six weeks ago. First is the voice. He’s pretty much able to talk with his (mostly) full voice all of the time. He doesn’t have a singing voice yet, but hopefully that’s on its way back. All in good time, we hope.
He is still not able to use his right side, and we’re hoping that comes back at some point in the near future, but we’re not there yet. Still, the nurses have said that he should get an odometer with all the miles he’s putting on propelling himself in his wheelchair. So he’s certainly mobile.
I got him out of the building quite a bit this weekend, which he appreciated, and he even got his first trip out of the building, with me getting to push him on a walk around the block. Hopefully he can get a few more of those before the weather starts getting cold.
Yesterday a lot of his friends came over from Rodef Shalom to do a musical service. Enjoy the video! Thanks, Joel
Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Nov 22, 2018, last entry
If you happen to be in Denver, please stop by and give my dad a visit. He will be spending the holiday at his assisted living facility so I know he would love to see that people are thinking about him. If you haven’t been in a while, he’s at Brookdale Lowry, 150 Quebec St, apartment 269.
His phone number has changed—it’s now 720-472-8400. Feel free to call or text, and we will see if he checks his messages or responds. That may be something he has to relearn. Thanks. Joel Magalnick
RABBI RUZ GULKO
Rabbi Ruz Gulko is a passionate teacher of all things Jewish. Though born and raised in Canada, Ruz has resided in Seattle for 32 years, and is a Cantor as well as a Rabbi. She loves to work with people of all ages, and truly believes that learning and eating chocolate together could save the world.
Rabbi Ruz Gulko has worked with most of the Jewish educational and religious institutions in the greater Seattle area since 1984, teaching Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and leading prayer services, particularly at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue and at Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation. Ruz also trains teachers, writes curriculum, lectures, and leads services in the general community. Her biggest passion, other than the grandchildren, is for exploring and sharing Torah’s radically humanistic teachings.